10 February 2023
The month of November is special as it has not one but two birthstones: citrine and topaz! Citrine, which is the less known of the two, is the focus of today's blog.
Citrine, a mineral that is part of the quartz family, is named after its lemon-yellow to orange hue that is reminiscent of the colour of citrus fruits. The word "citrine" comes from the French word "citron" meaning lemon. This gemstone was once referred to as lemonquartz due to its striking colour. The Romans believed that citrine absorbed sunlight, making it a stone of the sun. This gemstone is relatively rare compared to other forms of quartz but is still widely used in jewellery making due to its affordability and beauty.
It is important to note that most citrine stones available in the market today have undergone heat treatment to enhance their colour. The heat treatment can make the colour more intense and change it to an orange or red hue. However, the original colour of citrine stones is yellowish. It is interesting to know that citrine can actually be created from amethyst, a purple-coloured stone, through volcanic activity and the heat of magma.
Citrine is often mistaken for topaz, which is a more expensive orange-yellow stone, and as a result, unethical traders may sell citrine under the name topaz. This only highlights the affordability of citrine and makes it a popular choice for those looking for a warm and beautiful piece of jewellery without breaking the bank.
At DiamondsByMe, you can incorporate citrine into your dream ring in a variety of ways. A yellow gold band and/or setting can bring out the warm tone of the citrine, while a white gold setting can create a fresh and popping look. Explore the beauty of citrine by browsing through our collection of citrine rings on our website.
In conclusion, citrine is a special and affordable birthstone for the month of November, with a rich history and beautiful colour that is perfect for those looking to add a warm and sunny touch to their citrine jewellery collection.